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NORMAN, Okla. — SI breaks down OU's weekend game against the Arkansas Razorbacks inside.


The 6-1 Sooners play host to the Arkansas Razorbacks in their third and final game of the home stand. OU has won two straight coming off its championship loss in Anaheim, including Thursday night's 73-59 victory over Oral Roberts, and 31 straight home non-conference matchups. The Hogs have had a week off since losing to UConn 75-62 and possess a 5-2 overall record. They lead the series against the Sooners 14-11, including a 84-74 triumph last December.

Sooner Notes:

--Since that 76 Classic Final loss, OU is shooting 53.7 percent from the field, including 51.9 percent from behind the arc.

--Sophomore guard Cameron Clark, junior guard Steven Pledger and junior forward Andrew Fitzgerald are averaging a combined 47.5 points per game over the last two contests. That includes 17 points per game from Clark, 16.0 for Pledger and 14.5 for Fitzgerald.

--Eight Sooners are averaging at least 3.0 boards per contest, so it has been a very collective effort.

--Junior forward Romero Osby has snatched 10 rebounds three times in the first seven games and grabbed at least six in three of the other four contests.

--Head coach Lon Kruger, in his first year at OU, is now just 15 victories shy of 500 for his career.

Looking at the Razorbacks:

--The Razorbacks are 5-1 at home, but just 0-1 on the road after falling short in a loss where they shot just 31.2 percent.

--Sophomore guard Mardracus Wade leads the team with 10.9 points per game, as he's made 14 treys so far this season.

--Junior forward Marshawn Powell tore ligaments in his knee Nov. 17 in practice and is forced to miss the rest of the season. Powell was a preseason All-SEC Second Team selection.

--Coach Mike Anderson, with a 205-100 career record, is in his first season as the Razorbacks' head man./p>

Projected Starters:


F Andrew Fitzgerald (6-8, 247, Jr., 10.1 ppg, 5.4 rpg)

F Romero Osby (6-8, 232, Jr., 10.7 ppg, 7.6 rbg)

G Sam Grooms (6-1, 203, Jr., 6.7 ppg, 5.0 apg)

G Steven Pledger (6-2, 205, Jr., 17.2 ppg, 3.0 rpg)

G Cameron Clark (6-6, 198, So., 10.9 ppg, 4.0 rpg)


F DeVonta Abron (6-8, 250, Fr., 6.4 ppg, 5.4 rpg)

F Michael Sanchez (6-9, 235, Sr., 5.6 ppg, 3.9 rpg)

G Mardracus Wade (6-5, 215, Sr., 10.9 ppg, 2.1 rpg)

G Rickey Scott (6-2, 195, Sr., 8.3 ppg, 3.0 apg)

G Julysses Nobles (6-4, 175, Jr., 10.4 ppg, 3.1 apg)

Sooners Illustrated's Take:

Home court, Sooners with confidence, they take this win and complete a perfect 3-0 home stand. The Hogs just don't have enough offensive firepower to keep up with the high paced Sooners for a full 40 minutes. It'll be a pretty close and entertaining game to watch, though.

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